In the beginning Gandhiji used to wear a coat-pant and a hat. Then he started wearing a lungi (a wrap around cloth). Later he started wearing a dhoti, a long coat and a turban.
changed to wearing clothes made from Khadi - a khadi shirt, a khadi stole and a
khadi cap (topi) but later he started wearing only a khadi wrap around.
be interesting to know why Gandhiji made so many changes in his dressing habits!
to South Africa when he was young. He practiced there along with other pleaders
and barristers. So he too wore western clothes like them.
realised that Indians were treated very badly there. So he prepared his people
were poor Indian labourers in his army. He thought that if he was going to lead
them how could he dress up differently from them and eat good food too. A leader
like Gandhiji was not going to make discrimination like this!
decided to dress up like his poor brothers. So he bid good-bye to Western
coat-pants and started wearing lungi and a shirt.
won the struggle for Indians in South Africa he thought of serving his
motherland - India.
of dress should he wear in his country?
satyagrahi he was bound to take a decision only after proper inquiry. How would
he come to his own country wearing any dress? He would not like this! He decided
that he would not wear a suit in his country. There was nothing to bother when
he wore a lungi in a foreign country where people were dressed in the same way.
But it wouldn't look proper in his country.
much thought he decided that he would board down the ship wearing the
traditional costume of his birthplace - Kathiawad.
Gandhiji returned to India, he started wearing a dhoti, long coat, a stole on
his shoulder and a white turban as headgear.